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Doctors’ Views on How to Improve Communication and Quality of Care for Patients Experiencing End-of-Life: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

MCCORMACK, Fiona, Hopley, Rachel, Kurth, Judith and Iqbal, Zafar (2021) Doctors’ Views on How to Improve Communication and Quality of Care for Patients Experiencing End-of-Life: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Healthcare, 9 (10). ISSN 2227-9032 (In Press)

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Abstract: (1) Background: There remains a lack of sufficient progress in enhancing quality of care for patients experiencing end-of-life. This study aimed to better understand the views of doctors on how to improve end-of-life healthcare, in light of existing challenges and processes. (2) Meth-ods: This qualitative descriptive study used semi-structured individual interviews. Through purposive sampling, sixteen doctors from primary care (three general practices) or acute care (one National Health Service hospital trust) participated. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and thematic analysis conducted. (3) Results: Two main themes were identified: First, planning for patient-centred care - conversations about end-of-life care should take place earlier to allow for care that is planned and personalised. The need for more training, and improvements to docu-menting patient wishes were highlighted. Second, delivering on patients’ wishes: improvements to the healthcare system – the importance of a record of patient wishes that can be shared across the system was identified. Improved utilisation of available resources is also needed to better deliver quality patient-centred care. 4) Conclusion: More effective communication and coordination across acute and primary care settings is needed. The importance of patient wishes and advance care planning was emphasised. More guidance at a strategic level may help provide clarity about expectations, roles and responsibilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: end-of-life care; communication; delivery of healthcare; advance care planning; qualitative research
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Fiona MCCORMACK
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 10:46
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2021 10:46
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URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/7033

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